Called to serve
We are lucky to be able to serve side by side in a ministry that we both love. It is always very moving to hear a refugee's story. We also like to share our own story, how we heard God's voice and accepted his call to serve others in his name. God has been faithful to us through out the years and He continues to show us that we can trust him everyday.
When we first met, each of us had already heard a call to serve those who have not yet heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Gordy had been serving in northern Afghanistan with a Christian relief and development organization. Tabita was teaching elementary school in Tajikistan for children of international workers. We met in the international church in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and we were married about a year later.
We served together in Tajikistan for a year before starting a new project in Afghanistan training Afghan teachers. The security situation in Afghanistan was deteriorating rapidly however and in 2009 we were no longer able to continue our work.
After Afghanistan, we traveled through Austria, Tabita’s home country, sharing about what God was doing among Muslims. In almost all the Austrian churches we visited we encountered Afghan and Iranian refugees who were interested in Jesus or had come to faith. We also saw that it was very difficult for the Austrian churches to disciple these young believers who couldn’t speak English or German. Fresh from several years in Central Asia and were ready to teach them in their own language. We came alongside a local church, and since 2009 we have ministered to Persian speaking refugees in Austria, helping them with their spiritual and physical needs. Will you help us show refugees that Jesus loves them?
For we are God’s handiwork,
created in Christ Jesus
to do good works,
which God prepared in advance
for us to do.
Refugees are not just my work,
they're also my friends.
I'm an ordained Baptist minister and I've had the privilege to earn degrees in Non-Profit Business, Biblical Studies and Migration Management. All of which have prepared me for the task of leading this refugee project and helping refugees to find peace in a new home.
One of my favorite Bible passages is where it says, "Behold I am doing a new thing!" God is doing something amazing and he has bigger plans than we could ever imagine.
I want people to feel at home
– here in Austria and also with God
I love to create a welcoming atmosphere where people can relax and feel safe to address the things on their hearts. I want to discover more and more who we are in God’s eyes, what dreams he has for our lives and how we can honor him in creative ways.
I have a diploma in Elementary Education and am a certified German as a second language teacher. I have taught German classes for eight years and helped refugees settle here and embrace Austrian culture and values.